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Gran Fondo (200 mile 300km) Training Plan (9hr/wk/12 weeks) (TID = 85:10:5) 2 rest days/big weekends

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

Welcome to the FFT Gran Fondo training plan based on the science of Seiler and Coggan and Hunter and Cheung. This will prepare you for a medium length fondo of 200 miles (150-300miles or 200-400km). This plan emphasizes a lot of low intensity (85%) endurance and a modest amount of threshold (10%) and only a little high intensity (5%) with a low pyramidal distribution (TID). As such it is an excellent all round program for very long distance events. We will assume event day is on the last Sunday of this plan. It is best suited to improvers, regular cyclists and advanced who want to raise their aerobic endurance capacity.

Beginner ✩✩✭✩✩ Pro

Day off: 2
Double days: none
Hours: 9

intervals: ✩✩✩✩✩
anaerobic build: ✭✭✩✩✩
threshold/ss: ✭✭✭✩✩
aerobic build: ✭✭✭✭✭
FTP build: ✭✭✭✩✩

• Establish a regular workout routine
• If the weather is bad, train indoors but don’t skip entirely
• Ride easy on easy session days (probably easier than you think)
• By all means ride with friends but not if they destroy your training plan
• Don’t avoid the training session you are weak at; it is there for a reason!
• Don’t be tough on yourself if you have a bad session
• In each session start moderately, progress firmly and finish strong!
• Have a goal, visualize your goal and know why you are training.

• Prepare your kits the day before and carry spares
• Fueling adequately before, during and after
• Don't do anything different on the day than you did before
• Favour comfort over speed if you are new to sportives
• Wear decent clothing, carry a thin rain jacket
• Ride with a friends if possible
• Ride safe, carry a mobile, with full charge and spare $$
• Start slow, and build up from there
• Pace hills ; dont race them

For event pacing try this

Best of luck from the team!

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
08:51:00 10:00:00
Strength x2
00:55:00 00:30:00
Other x1
00:03:00 00:20:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
08:51:00 10:00:00
00:55:00 00:30:00
00:03:00 00:20:00

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  • Power Meter

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Alex Mitchell from FastFitnessTips

Alex from FastFitnessTips

Alex is the creator and head coach at FastFitnessTips. He is a level 3 accredited coach from the UK and also MD and personal trainer. He is a qualified medical doctor at the University of Leicester UK and very experienced in scientific methods such as meta-analysis and big data. He is active on YouTube/Facebook/Instagram and Strava. He is known for his ability to apply cycling science to cycling and endurance sports. To find your optimal plan use:

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